RED FEATHER LAKES PLANNING ADVISORY COMMITTEE
FIRE HOUSE MEETING ROOM
44 FIRE HOUSE LANE , RED FEATHER LAKES
June 7, 2012, 1:30-3:30 PM
The meeting was called to order at 1:30 PM by Chairperson Lon Hughes.
Roll Call: Robert Allman, Ted Carter, Roger Clark, Terri Donnelly, Lon Hughes, Eunice Michalka, Donald Roger, Lucille Schmitt, Roger Svendsen
Member Excused Absences, Ross Reid, Michael Sledge.
Larimer County Representation: LARCO Senior Planner Rob Helmick
Guests Present: Crede Kidd from the RFL library, Mr. Binds from G&W Telecommunications, Mark Sabiers local resident, Steve Porter from North Forty News.
Adoption of Agenda: The agenda was amended to include a discussion of the Slash Solutions air curtain burner and some information from Mr. Binds (sp?) on a proposed high-speed internet solution.
Approval of Minutes: Due to an equipment malfunction, there are no minutes from the May 3, 2012 meeting.
Comments from the Audience :
1. Mr. Binds from G & W Telecommunications described a system his company is proposing. G&W is trying to obtain approvals and funding. The proposed system will require two approx. 80 ft. towers on BLM land. Funding is planned via a government grant with a submission due date of 6/18/12. Mr. Binds is attempting to get documented interest from local potential customers, especially public entities such as the library and fire department. The system would provide 100 to 120 MBits/sec speeds and would require a small amount of customer purchased hardware ($300 to $400 spread over 2 years. A technical discussion followed relative to system bandwidth and the number of shared customers the system could support. This discussion was terminated due to time limitations and the lack of a need for such detail at this stage of system maturity. Mark Sabiers from up near the “north rim” has an in-depth understanding of requirements and was very involved in this discussion.
2. Crede is attending to discuss CenturyLink communications as well as high-speed internet solutions.
Steve Porter from the North Forty
News covering this PAC meeting for the paper.
1. Air Curtain Burner / Slash Solutions: Eunice described a serious problem with this operation for local residents. The State Health dept. inspected the site on May 31. The EPA was reported to be inspecting the operation today, 6/7. The pollution is especially irritating for several residents on Hiawatha Ct. These residents brought the issue to the attention of Commissioner Gaiter at the earlier meeting at the library, and he was already aware. Rob mentioned that the initial review did not address the potential pollution problems, but could go back and conduct a more rigorous review by the Planning Dept. Though there was a great deal of communication about the proposed installation of the curtain burner, written notification was not delivered to nearby property owners. The County procedure did not require written notification. This issue will be thoroughly reviewed at the PAC August meeting.
2. CenturyLink: Though CenturyLink claims current service is now 5 MB/S, actual experience is far less. Phone service is also still a serious problem. Some incoming calls are intercepted by CenturyLink with an erroneous message given to the caller. Regardless of CenturyLink promises, no improvements have been observed.
3. Community Signage: There is a desire for a community sign. Rob said he would walk appropriate approval/code deviation documentation through the County system if we tell him exactly what is wanted.
3. County Planning Dept. Activity: Rob commented that after several years of cutbacks and a declining economy, things are definitely picking up. Building activity is definitely on the rise … very good news.
4. Community Park: Eunice commented that improvements continue. Several events are scheduled over the course of the summer and the school has donated their old play equipment, which will be installed soon. A small community garden of sustainable plants is also planned. Community usage has increased dramatically, which is great.
5. July 4th “weekend” meeting – Cancelled per action at the May meeting.
RFLPAC meeting adjourned at 3:05 PM; Next regular meeting: August 2, 2012
Respectfully Submitted by Roger Svendsen